Gazette: Summer vol.4

College statement on death of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Members of the College are deeply saddened by the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who established Churchill College in August 1960.

Churchill College wishes to express its sorrow on the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

If you would like to learn more about the wonderful life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, please visit the Royal website where you can send your message of condolence using a dedicated form (Book of Condolence bottom on the right side).



Welcome to Churchill MCR!

Message from our MCR President

Welcome all new Churchillians!I am Michaela, your MCR President for the upcomingacademic year.  We have many exciting Freshers events planned for whenyou all arrive at college, but before you get here I wanted to let you all know about some exciting events happening over the summer around theworld before you arrive.  These are events held by alumni across theglobe from Cambridge, and hopefully will give you a relaxed and invitingatmosphere to meet some former Cantabrigians before you arrive.  Click here tolearn a bit more about this visit.In addition, have a look through the MCR webpage tolearn more specifically about the Churchill College MCR.Be on the lookout for information in the coming weeks from myself andthe Postgraduate Tutor about the upcoming events.  If you have anyquestions before your arrival please e-mail myself or the MCR Vice president- General SecretaryLooking forward to meeting you all in October!

Michaela Taylor-Williams

MCR President

Churchill College


MCR Pizza night

Meet some of your fellow students and get to know the MCR room and bar with a pizza night. Free pizza will be provided!

Time: 22 September 2022, 7pm

Venue: MCR room

In case of any questions, please contact Lorrie (lj384).  The event location have step-free access and added seating will be available.

MCR Movie night

Popcorn, big screen and great company, what else do you need? Maybe some Disney! Mark the date and keep an eye on your emails to get the updates.

Time: 30 September 2022, 7pm

Venue: Music Centre Recital Room

In case of any questions, please contact Éva (ebb26).  The event location have step-free access and added seating will be available.


Around the College

Association weekend

As a member of Churchill college, you are invited to association weekend, 23rd & 24th September 2022. Book your places here  (RSVP by 16/9/22).


  • Fri 23rd Sep 6-7pm: Interdisciplinary panel discussion ‘Designing for a sustainable future‘ – Free
  • Fri 23rd Sep 7:15pm: Formal hall with alumni and SCR (You will be contacted by email with booking details for this – normal formal hall dining charges)
  • Sat 24th Sep 2pm:  ‘The Future of Carbon-free Aviation’. Lecture by Alumnus Mike Gascoyne – Free
  • Sat 24th 4pm: ‘Reflecting on 50 years of the admission of women at Churchill’ – panel discussion – Free
  • Saturday 24th Sep 7.30pm: Annual Association Dinner in Hall with Guest Speaker, Giovanna Mallucci: neuroscientist and dementia researcher. (£25 pp, yourself + up to 1 guest allowed, super fancy food and wine!!)


Virtual tours around the Churchill Gardens

You may be interested in the videos below which John Moore (our Head of Grounds & Gardens) has made, and also the mindfulness courses available to both staff and students on the following link:

Wildflowers, hedgehogs and honey; a walk on the wild side of sustainability | Alumni (

Churchill College Perimeter Path Walk with John Moore – Bing video

Spring around the Perimeter Path – Spring May 2021 – YouTube


Churchill Connect

Churchill Connect is a special networking platform just for Churchillians.

It works a bit like a cross between Facebook and LinkedIn (you can use it for tracking down/keeping up with friends after you graduate, as well as informal networking and mentoring from alumni), but with no ads and no selling your data to anyone!

This is the website we use particularly to advertise opportunities that we hear about such as internships, and you can also reach out to alumni who have marked themselves as willing to help, in order to get some career-related advice.

You can search for users by degree, industry, company, etc, and message them within the platform to ask for help, perhaps by looking over your CV. Registration is free, join here: Churchill Connect.


Around the University

Join i-Teams for the Michaelmas Term


Interested in how new technologies are commercialised? Looking for some hands-on skills and experience? Want to work in a team with post-graduates from other departments and colleges? Then read on!

“Participating in i-Teams has been one of the best things I did while being in Cambridge.”

The i-Teams course includes hands-on teamwork investigating the market potential of an innovative technology, supported by a series of lectures and workshops.

This term’s projects include using reconfigurable wooden partitions for flexible living spaces, a non-uniform random number generator and a novel molecular engineering technique, with target markets ranging from predictive maintenance to drug discovery to sensors.

For more information or to submit an application, see

No previous commercial, medical or scientific background is required. The course will run every Monday evening (with pizza) at the Institute for Manufacturing (West Cambridge) from October 3rd, with final presentations on December 8th. Participants who are quarantining or away from Cambridge will be able to join sessions and team meetings by Zoom.


Join the Cambridge Philosophical Society

Join a worldwide community of scientists and enjoy a regular series of lectures by well-respected speakers, relevant networking opportunities, a programme of events and visits just for Members, funding support and reduced (free to PhD’s) subscription to our two journals – Biological Reviews and Mathematical Proceedings.The Society currently offers:

  • A diverse lecture programme in the Lent, Easter and Michaelmas terms
  • Two established and distinguished publications
  • One-day international meeting
  • Department visits
  • Travel Grants
  • Research Studentships
  • Henslow Research Fellowship

Membership of the Society costs £20 and is paid by annual subscription. Find out more here.


Impact Intros Monthly Drop-In

Are you an academic looking to create impact from your research, ideas or expertise and don’t know where to begin? Are you from the wider Cambridge ecosystem and want to know more about what we do?

Impact Intros takes place from 3.30-5.30pm on the last Wednesday of every month at the Hauser Forum, West Cambridge.

Open to all, our free monthly drop-in session gives you the opportunity to just drop in for a chat and meet like-minded people.

Whether you are new to us and interested in how we can help or worked with us before, we’ll be ready and waiting (with coffee and cake!) to chat and answer any questions you may have.

No need to book – just pop by!

Next session: 28 September 2022


Beyond research: Career ideas that use your postdoc experience

Time: 13 Sept, 13.30-16.30

Venue: Student Services Centre (SSC) – Exam Hall, Bene’t Street, Cambridge, CB2 3PT, United Kingdom

Are you thinking that a research career in academia or industry – might not be your long-term goal? Or perhaps you like research but are wondering what else is out there?

Meet a host of former STEM postdocs now working in a range of roles which leverage their transferrable skills to work in careers as diverse as science policy, journal editing, NHS, data analysis, patent law, biotech portfolio management and more!

This in-person event will include flash talks of our former postdocs’ careers, time for small group discussion with the speakers and 1:1 networking with them.

Sign up with the Careers Service here, we will email your personal account and then you can register for the Beyond Research event here.


Meet the Careers Service on the Downing Site

On Thursday 29 September from 12.30-13.45 Anne Forde, Lucy Romijn and Mark Gilbert from the Careers Service team will be in the Downing Site courtyard. Come and say hello and find out more about the support we provide to the early career researcher community at Cambridge, we will showcase our key resources and answer any questions you might have about careers and how the Careers Service can help you.


Career Essentials for PhDs & Postdocs

In advance of the launch of our Career Essentials for PhDs and postdocs package, we have some brand new resources and below you’ll find details of two upcoming workshops to support you with your career planning and next steps!
  • Should I Postdoc or Not? If you’re unsure whether to continue into a postdoc position after your PhD, this video will take you through some key points to support your decision making.
  • Narrative CVs A new development in academic recruitment is the use of the Narrative CV to use a wider range of measures for research impact. Find out more about what a narrative CV is and how to write one.
  • Research Statements Whether you’re applying for a JRF or starting to think about future funding, find out more about how to write a successful research statement.


University of Cambridge Fairs

If you are not sure what the job market has to offer for you, visit the different Fairs and collect all the information you need to plan your career. It doesn’t matter at which stage you are in your studies, mark the dates and register for any you are interested in, using the links below.


Sensors Day 2022: Sensors in an Uncertain World

Summary: A showcase of multidisciplinary sensor research – Inspiring talks by leading experts on the latest sensor technology developments

Venue: Moller Institute, Churchill College, Cambridge

Time: 12th October, 2022

Sensors Day 2022 will showcase highlights of sensor research and applications from all areas of science and technology. This year, we have a diverse field of speakers covering sustainability, healthcare, ethics and citizen science. The title of the conference will be “Sensors in an uncertain world” in recognition that sensors can bring certainty to our world.

Registration for Sensors Day 2022 is now open and free for students. Register for the in person event or the virtual event. For further details, visit the event page.


Entrepreneurial pathways to impact: spinning out your research

Join us for talks, case studies and advice to inspire academics and researchers in their journey to create commercial impact from research through the formation of spin-out companies.

Time: 18 October 2022, 15:30

Venue: Downing College, Cambridge

Headline speaker: Nobel Laureate Sir Greg Winter

For further details and registration, visit the event page.


Upcoming Medical Library research skills training

The upcoming Medical Library research skills sessions teach you how to effectively and efficiently find the papers you need, and how to communicate your research using conference posters.  The sessions are online, and require booking via the bookings website here

Please note: all training sessions are being delivered online, please do not go to the Medical Library to attend training. You will be contacted via email about how to participate in the online training, should you book a place on any training course. If you have any questions, please contact
 library directly at


Working restrictions for full-time PGR students – share your views

The Postgraduate Committee is reviewing the University’s rules for the hours and type of work that full-time postgraduate research (PGR) students may undertake.

PGR students, supervisors, College Postgraduate Tutors, and those who support postgraduate education, are invited to complete an anonymous survey to share their views about how employment might be balanced alongside the demands of full-time study in the future. Data from the survey will be considered by the Postgraduate Committee in Michaelmas term with a view to revising the employment rules in 2022/23.

If you would like to share your views please take part in the survey by 28 October 2022.


Researcher Development Language Training Bursary Scheme

As a doctoral student at the University of Cambridge you are eligible to apply for the Language Training Bursary Scheme.

Deadline: Monday 3 October 2022 at 9am

Click here for application.

You may apply for a bursary for one of the following only:

a CULP ‘Languages for All’ course

attendance at other fee charging courses offered within the University or externally, where there is no CULP course of relevance to your needs. (Please note that ADTIS In-Sessional programme for international students is not an eligible course)

Applicants will be required to demonstrate why this language training is a requirement to support their research and/or employability.

You are advised that many Colleges, at their own discretion, will also provide support for CULP course fees and you should enquire in your College.


Other opportunities

Committee positions available at Hercules Cambridge

Whether you’re looking to make use of your technical expertise or learn more about how a growing organisation works, a Hercules Cambridge committee position could be just what you’re looking for. We offer a host of opportunities to practise skills and develop professionally, ranging from negotiating with industrial clients or putting marketing strategies into action to organising and running large scale events. Our committee consists of passionate individuals from a wide range of subject backgrounds.

Available positions (with links to descriptive LinkedIn posts) are as follows:

Further details can also be found on Facebook:

Commitment level varies over the year, ranging from an average of ~3 hours per week to a peak of ~10/15 hours per week right before big events. Feel free to contact our key executives for more information, or email us at should you have any inquiries.


2023 CSAR Student Award

The Cambridge Society for the Application of Research is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2023 CSAR Student Award programme.

Submission deadline: December 2022
Selection: Candidates will be notified of the outcome in February 2023
Interviews: We aim to interview shortlisted candidates in April 2023

The CSAR PhD Student Award of £1000, is intended to recognise outstanding research with real world application and to assist students to pursue their research or careers.

The application link can be found here.